CDC Releases Mammography Statistics

by: cancercompass

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics earlier this month regarding who, and who doesn't, get mammograms in order to curb the development of breast cancer.

Below is what the CDC found among women in the United States:

  • 81% of women aged 50-74 years reported having a mammogram within the past two years.
  • American Indian and Alaska Native women reported the lowest prevalence for mammography screening (70%).
  • Screening prevalence was lower among women with less than a high school education (73%), and for women with low income (69%).
  • Mammography screening prevalence was lowest in the western states of Nevada (72%) and Idaho (73%), in addition to the southern state of Mississippi (72%).
  • Insured women had a 28%-point higher screening prevalence than uninsured women (84% versus 56%). Even among women with health insurance, 16%   were not up-to-date with mammograms.

According to the CDC, "Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms."

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